LeMASTER POSTS LOWEST SCORE FOR WOMEN'S GOLF AT NCAA WEST REGIONL
ST. GEORGE, Utah — Sacramento State junior Heather LeMaster shot a team-best 76 in the second round of the NCAA West Regional on Friday. As a team, the Hornets matched their first-round effort with a 318 and are currently in 19th place out of 21 teams.
After a six-and-a-half hour round on Thursday, Sacramento State quickly returned to the course for an early tee-time on Friday morning. The Hornets opened the round on the back nine and had some trouble playing the course’s most difficult holes. Like the first round, Sacramento State struggled playing 16, 17 and 18, posting one birdie, six pars, six bogeys, one triple bogey and one quadruple bogey. Through the first two rounds, the team is 28-over on those three holes alone.
LeMaster was 1-over through her first four holes but consecutive double bogeys moved her to 5-over through the 14th hole. After a pair of pars, she birdied the par-4 17th and wrapped up the back nine at 4-over. She steadied on the front side, recording one birdie, six pars and two bogeys for a 1-over. Her two-round total of 154 has her tied for 48th with one round remaining.
After leading the team with a 75 on Thursday, Emily Longcrier had a much tougher round on Friday. The junior shot 84 and is 70th with a 36-hole score of 159. Longcrier opened with a par but then triple-bogeyed the par-5 11th. Another par on 12 put her back on track but she closed the back nine with six consecutive bogeys to make her 9-over on the side. On the front, the Bakersfield, Calif., native shot 4-over, including six pars.
Margaux Sheehan also got off to a rough start, carding a 6-over 42 in her first nine holes. A pair of early bogeys and a quadruple on 17 set her back. However, the reigning Big Sky Conference medalist parred the first five holes on the front, and after bogeying six, birdied the par-4 seventh. Sheehan closed her round with two pars to shoot even on the front side.
Senior Jennifer Parkes led the team through the first nine holes today, shooting 4-over on the difficult backside. Parkes bogeyed her first hole but then strung together three pars. A bogey on 14 was followed by two more pars. She wrapped up the first half with a bogey on 17 and a par on 18. The front nine was not as kind to Parkes as she shot 7-over. A triple on the first hole was joined by three pars and five bogeys.
Junior Kim Coppin had the most significant improvement on the team, bettering her first round score by six strokes. The Sheldon High School graduate birdied the par-14 15th and parred three of her first nine holes. However, she also had four bogeys and a triple bogey to stand at 6-over through nine. On the front side, Coppin opened by bogeying four of the first five holes before parring the sixth and seventh and bogeying the eighth and ninth.
The 54-hole tournament will conclude on Saturday at Entrada at Snow Canyon. The top eight teams in the field will advance to the NCAA Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla. Invitations will also be extended to the top two individuals outside of those eight teams.
1. Oklahoma State 291-290-681
2. Stanford 287-300-587
3. Arizona State 294-296-590
4. UC Irvine 295-302-597
5. Pepperdine 301-299-600
6. BYU 291-311-602
7. Denver 299-306-605
T8. New Mexico 298-312-610
T8. Washington State 301-309-610
T10. San Jose State 308-305-613
T10. Florida 309-304-613
T10. Campbell 305-308-613
13. Idaho 308-309-617
14. Hawaii 313-306-619
15. San Francisco 310-316-626
16. California 321-307-628
17. UNLV 319-310-629
18. Memphis 320-312-632
19. Sacramento State 318-318-636
20. Nebraska 328-309-637
21. Columbia 335-310-645
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Pernilla Lindberg, OSU, 68-68-136
2. Misun Cho, PEP, 71-70-141
T3. Amanda Johnson, OSU, 70-74-144
T3. Juliana Murcia, ASU, 73-71-144
T5. Jayvie Agojo, PEP, 70-75-145
T5. Mari Chun, STAN, 73-72-145
T5. Rachel Newren, BYU, 72-73-145
T5. Lehua Wise, NMSU, 73-72-145*
* Competing as an individual
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
T48. Heather LeMaster 78-76-154
70. Emily Longcrier 75-84-159
T75. Margaux Sheehan 84-77-161
T85. Jennifer Parkes 81-82-163
102. Kim Coppin 89-83-172